Instant Replay in Baseball

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10/15/12 in MLB   |   HotToddy   |   7 respect

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The Yankees and their fans shouldn't fool themselves.  This Monday morning, they find themselves down 2-0 to in the American League Championship Series a superior team.  Missed calls, though frustrating, wouldn't have made a lick of difference.  But as Joe Girardi said, "In this day and age when we have instant replay available to us, it's got to change."  And change it will.

Fans and haters alike know that the Bronx Bombers were hosed during Sunday night's game 2 against the Detroit Tigers.  Umpire Jeff Nelson called Omar Infante safe as he dove back into second base while clearly being tagged out by Robinson Cano.  Watching a replay after the game Nelson conceeded, "The hand did not get in before the tag. The call was incorrect."  Now how hard would that have been to do that seconds after the blown call and fix the missed call immediately?

Major League Baseball's preeminent franchise was wronged, the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back concerning a potential NFL style instant replay system. When the rules committee meets this offseason, what do you surmise will be the number one topic on the docket?  Commissioner Bud Selig will not make any promises or make anything official before that time but MLB is on the verge of full on instant replay.  The system won't be perfect and the umpires will still miss calls even with the crutch of review.  But we clearly have the ability to execute instant replay and the need has never been greater.
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10/17/12   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

While I am OK with LIMITED use of instant replay, I'm a big believer in better umpires before expanding the replay rules. 

10/16/12   |   scquwi1   |   1227 respect

There is NO reason at all for instant replay in baseball. There is a rule allowing umpires to get help from each other if MLB wanted to get the call right they would push it harder with the umpire union to make the men in blue do it more often. Besides on this play the umpire was not in the right position to make the play, he should never have been running up to the play with a ball hit to RF like that. Even the play at first base in game two, that umpire was just looking for outs and he has been train to own his call, so no help will be granted. Have the umpires ask for help on simple plays like that and I will bet most of the people complaining and asking for instant replay would stop because the umpires would correct the calls there on the field. Then MLB has to make sure what these men are learning at one of the two schools in Florida which the umpires had to attend are taught instead of owning your call....lets get the right call and get help to make sure it happens.  

10/15/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

chappellc wrote:
Instant replay in baseball should work just like the challenge system in football. Each manager gets two challenges per game and if they see a call that they feel is incorrect - then they throw out the challenge flag. There should be an umpire in the booth (where the announcers/media are) that can review the play from the same multiple angles/views that the fans at home get to see. If the challenge flag is thrown, the play can be reviewed by the ump in the booth and they can determine if the call should stand or be overturned. If the call stands, then the team loses that challenge, but if the call is overturned, then the team should keep that challenge. However, this should not be used for balls and strikes. Balls and strikes is a whole other conversation...

I agree. Keep your hands off balls and strikes. 

10/15/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19863 respect

the umpire admitted HE BLEW THE CALL after seeing the replays...........people have to remember......the umps have a split second to make the call.......not 10000000000000000 replays.....give em a break but in the HIGH STAKES OF THE PLAYOFFS AND WORLD SERIES.........BASEBALL NEEDS REPLAY...........

10/15/12   |   chappellc   |   2 respect

Instant replay in baseball should work just like the challenge system in football. Each manager gets two challenges per game and if they see a call that they feel is incorrect - then they throw out the challenge flag. There should be an umpire in the booth (where the announcers/media are) that can review the play from the same multiple angles/views that the fans at home get to see. If the challenge flag is thrown, the play can be reviewed by the ump in the booth and they can determine if the call should stand or be overturned. If the call stands, then the team loses that challenge, but if the call is overturned, then the team should keep that challenge. However, this should not be used for balls and strikes. Balls and strikes is a whole other conversation...

10/15/12   |   HotToddy   |   7 respect

Dan_B wrote:
The tough question is where do you draw the line with instant replay? Will umpires eventually be obsolete? 

Should never say never to umpires becoming obsolete but I'd guess that the umpires will remain on the field for the time being with a 'Deal or No Deal banker' type umpire in the booth reviewing every play outside of balls and strikes.  No challenges allowed from either side.

10/15/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

The tough question is where do you draw the line with instant replay? Will umpires eventually be obsolete?